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The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

Raising Kids During Exponential Times

How do you raise kids today during these exponential times?<p>Should they learn a second language… in a world of instant translation?<p>Should they ever …

Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

Ray Almgren Contributor<p>Ray Almgren is the vice president of marketing and STEM evangelist at National Instruments.<p>Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through …

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian<p>The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during …

20th Century

How Entrepreneurs Like Branson Hatch Their Best Business Ideas

Why is it, when the latest clever business idea from a smart entrepreneur takes the world by storm, the rest of us are left thinking ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ Often, the greatest innovations are simple solutions to problems that the rest of us spend a lifetime scratching our heads and getting …

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s …

Make LED Greeting Cards Without Soldering

Electronics greeting cards are a great, approachable project for beginners to assemble in under an hour.<p>You won’t need to plug in a soldering iron, since these cards are wired using a special conductive foil tape. Not only is this tape conductive, it’s super sticky and it remains conductive even …

Arduino

Bus Stop Tacos, or How I Dove Into L.A.’s Food Truck Culture

All I wanted was a taco. A Kogi BBQ short-rib taco, to be precise.<p>In search of this taco, I flew across the country. I stalked Twitter and plotted my route to a busy Los Angeles street. I waited in a long line on a cold Saturday night. I ordered, paid, and waited longer. When my order was up, I …

Inside an MIT researcher’s grand plan to create the personal food computer

In a Cambridge, Mass. building, under the glow of LED lights, Caleb Harper is working to literally plant the seeds for a movement that could change the way we eat and live.<p>Harper, the founder of the CityFarm research group at the MIT Media Lab, wants to bring the open source spirit to the nascent …

Your startup is loved locally, but how do you expand it globally?

Introducing a new idea into the market and turning a profit is a feat in itself. But what happens when your startup has reached its limits on a local scale, tempting you to see how far your company can really go?<p>As a company that started locally in Canada — and currently making a push to expand …

Startups

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Dreaming of a summer road trip adventure? You’ll love the Happier Camper HC1, a retro-modern tiny trailer with a LEGO-like modular interior. Designed …

Off-grid

Family sells their home & belongings to enjoy the slow life exploring America in an Airstream

Josh and Jessa Works are adventure seekers. In 2011, they decided to sell everything and trade in a 'normal' life to hit the road, along with their …

Watch the once-lost short film that ran before The Empire Strikes Back

<i>Black Angel</i> almost slipped into movie folklore. The 25-minute short film, directed by <i>Empire Strikes Back</i> art director Roger Christian, was played before the fifth <i>Star Wars</i> episode when Lucas' movie opened in Europe in 1980. While <i>Star Wars</i> went on to become a cultural juggernaut, the original prints …

Star Wars

Watch the government 3D-print a Shelby Cobra replica

Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic printing uses highly energy-efficient manufacturing techniques created at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.<p>I'm not sure how this flew under our radar, but at this year's Detroit Auto Show, back in January, the Department of Energy showed off an electric vehicle they'd …

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.<p>From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and …

Rare Earth

The Apple Watch

Apple Watch is, in many ways, the Bizarro iPhone — in some ways parallel and similar, but in others, the inverse, the opposite.Both were introduced …

Smartwatches

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

How HBO’s quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as Game of Thrones.<p>On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan’s MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club. Plepler, the kind of natty dresser who believes that …

Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately …

The real problem with Formula 1

The greatest racing on Earth isn't happening in the premier race series.<p>I've spent most of my adult life looking to Formula 1 for tech things innovative and buzzworthy. The mind-bending designs of Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey spawned teenage fantasies of moving to Europe and training to become an …

John Oliver Interviews Snowden On Government Spying

Over the last three years, it seems like we’ve been positively inundated with leaks about government mass surveillance thanks to Edward Snowden’s stolen NSA documents, but in reality, how many people actually cared?<p>As increasing amounts of documents were released by news organizations, it became …

The Mazda MX-5 Miata and saving a marriage

I've had the privilege of knowing Zach Bowman – former <i>Autoblog</i> scribe, now penning great things over at <i>Road & Track</i> – for nearly a decade. We met at the Detroit Auto Show when we were both relatively new to the business, and joked about how someday, we'd work together and eventually conquer the …

Inside Google’s Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course

How one of Google’s original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.<p>In 2006, Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan decided he no longer wanted to feel like a cog in the great machine, and set out to create a program that would train people to be more …

PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

By 2050, 85 percent of an estimated 9 billion people will be living in cities, and food and water shortages will threaten the world’s growing …

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

The Passive House Institute is known to have one of the strictest energy-efficient building standards in the world. What does it take to build your …

Home Improvement

GOLDMAN: Here's how millennials will completely change the economy

Because of factors such as lower unemployment rates and student loan debt, millennials have deferred major life events like getting married, having kids and buying a home, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research found. However, millennials are getting increasingly ready for those milestones.<p>In …

Markets

How to Raise Happy Kids: 10 Steps Backed by Science

<b>When you ask parents what they want for their kids, what’s usually the most common reply? They want their children to be</b> <b>happy</b><b>.</b><p>Via Raising Happiness: …

7 Things You Can Legally Steal from Successful Companies

<i>Denis Duvauchelle is CEO and co-founder of Twoodo, helping your team organize itself using simple #hashtags.</i><p>The essence of innovation and the foundation of many start-ups are to imitate and adapt from existing concepts. New ideas are mostly incremental improvements of past ideas, just as we as a …

Chipotle: The Definitive Oral History - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

The builders of a $22 billion burrito empire—the founder, his father, his college buddies, key execs, and a couple of pig farmers—open up about how …